Police searching for 2 women accused of attacking Trump supporter in Fall River

FALL RIVER, MASS. (WHDH) - Police are turning to the public for help tracking down two women who allegedly attacked a supporter of President Donald Trump in Fall River last week.

Officers responding to a report of an assault and battery in the area of South Main and Hall streets on Oct. 8 spoke with a woman who claimed that she was attacked by two other women for flying Trump flags on her vehicle, according to the Fall River Police Department.

The women pulled up to the victim’s vehicle, exchanged words about the flags, and then violently assaulted her as her daughter looked on from the backseat, Fall River Police Lt. Jay Huard said.

“She tried to de-escalate the situation by telling the two females to get away from her car. She put her window down to communicate in a better fashion and at that point, she was punched through the open window,” Huard explained.

A surveillance image shared by the department showed the suspects fleeing the scene in a gray Nissan Altima.

Huard says his department has been responding to an uptick in crimes related to the upcoming presidential election.

“I would just say maintain your composure. Everybody is entitled to their own opinion,” Huard advised.

Anyone who witnessed the alleged attack is urged to contact Fall River detective Luis Vertentes at 508-324-2796. Anonymous tips can be phoned in at 508-672-8477.

An investigation remains ongoing.

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